Holland Family Newsletter

December 2021


Monday, Dec. 6: PTA Zoom Meeting @ 6:00 pm

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Tuesday, Dec. 14: SPS Parent University from 5-8 pm at Parkview High School

Wednesday, Dec. 22: End of Quarter

Thursday, Dec. 23: Professional Learning Day / No school for students

December 23-January 3: Winter Break - School System Closed

January 4: Beginning of Quarter, Students return!



6 Wear Favorite Holiday Colors

7 Baby it’s Cold Outside – wear flannel or button-up

8 Holiday Sweater Day

9 Grinch Day Wear GREEN

10 School Spirit Day

13 Holiday Cheer – wear red

14 Sparkle & Bright – wear something FUN

15 Jingle Bell Day

16 Silly Sock Day

17 Stripes & Spots Day

20 Winter Wonderland -wear white or blue

21 Holiday Hat Day

22 Pajama Day

Adventure Awaits

Dear Holland Friends and Families,

As an adult, December can often feel like the most wonderful time of the year and also the most stressful time of the year. I look forward to the days leading up to our winter break, the joyful hum of noise throughout the hallways, and time with friends and family. I feel stressed about gifts, driving in winter weather, and worrying about our community members that struggle and face hardships during this season.

At Holland, it is our priority to ensure all students feel safe, secure, and loved. As we are wrapping up the end of the semester, we will be celebrating many successes and positive moments. We are celebrating all the hard work students and staff members have put into the first half of the year, we are celebrating a season of lights (including Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa), we are celebrating more hours of daylight coming up soon, and most importantly the friendships and relationships we have built at our Holland Home.

If for any reason you or your child needs support during this time, please reach out to us so we can assist. We have access to a variety of resources including mental health support, housing, and clothing. We can be reached at (417) 523-4100.

Wishing each and every one of you a joyful winter season.

Dr. Tarrasch

Holland Principal

SPS University

Calling all Holland Families!

You are personally invited to attend SPS University on Tuesday, Dec. 14. This event is designed to connect you with resources and information to help support your child. You can choose from workshops that best meet the needs of your family, including how to use Canvas, how to promote social and emotional well-being and how to support your child’s academic success. You can connect with community partners and SPS representatives during a resource fair and engage with SPS Board of Education members.

The event is free, including dinner and childcare for ages 4 to 8, but we ask that you RSVP so that we may plan to accommodate everyone. Please complete the registration form by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6. Go to sps.org to access the registration form or click here. Thank you!


A wide array of classes, delivery modes and schedules will allow you

to customize your child's summer learning experience.

· Seated classes are offered for K-8 students June 6-July 15.

· Virtual classes are offered for grades 1-12 during two, four-week sessions: June 6-30 and July 5-29

· High school students can earn up to two credits during the summer with virtual classes.

· Exciting experiences will reinforce classroom learning.

· Gifted students in grades 1-5 may participate in seated classes June 6-30.

· Artworks for grades 3-5 is expanding to three locations. Session I is June 6-17. Session II is June 20-July 1.

· A middle school Fine Arts Academy, including dance, has been added.

· English Language Learners Institute will be offered for grades K-12.


Watch for more details about Explore in January 2022.

Springfield Public Schools




Counselor's Corner

Winter, less sunlight, and the holidays can be a stressful and challenging time of the year. Check out these tips or suggestions if you or someone you know if struggling.

1. Think about gratitude

2. Let your kids help with the planning

3. Stay connected with friends and loved ones

4. Embrace winter

5. Stay active

6. Continue healthy habits and routines

7. Allow self-care for yourself

8. Reach out for support

For complete article, click here.

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Warm Clothes for Recess!

Please remember students need warm coats, hats, gloves, etc each day so they can go outside to recess with their friends. If you need any assistance with warm items, please reach out to Michelle Peak or Nurse Wisdom at (417) 523-4100.


Missing items is an issue in every school. Has your child lost one (or a few) jackets? Sweaters? Hats? Water bottles? Lunchboxes? The lost and founds are overflowing this time of year.


  1. Talk with your child. Find out if they remember the last time they had on the item. Walk through the day with your words. Ask questions such as, “What happened next?” or “Where did you go afterwards?”
  2. Send a quick e-mail to your child’s teacher and contact the main office. FYI – We are missing a (color) (size) (brand) (item name). If you see it, would you please set it aside for (your child’s name).
  3. Please make sure that your child's name is written on the inside of the item for an easier return to the owner.
  4. Check the Holland FB page for posts and pictures of lost items.

Official Start/Dismissal & Free/Reduced Lunch Link

Holland start and dismissal times are from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Doors will open at 8:15 and the tardy bell rings at 8:30 a.m. Please call Mrs. Peak at 523-4100 if your child will be late or absent for any reason.

Breakfast and lunch are provided for ALL students! While all students will receive free breakfast and lunch it is really important that each family completes the Free and Reduced School Meals Application.

NOTES FROM THE NURSE - When should I keep my child home from school?

Every day, before coming to school, we ask parents/guardians to check and ask their child

if they have any of the following symptoms and/or exposure:

· Fever – temperature 100.4 degrees or greater.

· Cough

· Rash

· Sore throat/swollen glands

· Shortness of breath

· Runny nose or congestion

· Diarrhea

· Nausea or vomiting

· Fatigue

· Headache

· Muscle pain

· Lack of appetite

· Loss of taste or smell

· Red, itchy, watery eyes

· Persistent earache

· Close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days

Please contact the nurse with any questions. 417-523-4100


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